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National Veterans Affairs History Center (NVAHC)
SEC/VA has designated the Dayton VA Medical Center (DVAMC) as future home for the NVAHC. Local and SEC/VA engineers have determined two existing historic DVAMC facilities (buildings 116 and 129)are required for the "Baseline Center". Building 116, the former headquarters building, will provide public access to the Center, while building 129, the former clubhouse, will be used for the Center's artifact/archive storage and restoration. Funding is required to restore both buildings.
National VA History Center Foundation (NVAHCF)
1401 South Main #100 Dayton, Ohio. 45409
Dayton VA Medical Center (DVAMC)
4100 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio. 45428
Organization Contact Details
Nation VA History Center Foundation (NVAHCF) Board
NVAHCF Board Trustee
Each of the two buildings requires projects to stabilize, renovate, and restore (a working buildout of purpose-specific improvements with equipment) the facility for its new intended use. The DVAMC has already completed stabilization contracts totaling $1.76M for both buildings. The DVAMC will award renovation design contracts for building 116 in Nov 2022, and building 129 in Feb 2023. Finally, the DVAMC has identified funding to award renovation construction contracts for both buildings, with estimated completion in late 2025. In total, the VA has or soon will obligate $15.7M for stabilization and renovation of both buildings.
The VA has included $17.7M in its outyear list of unfunded requirements to complete the restoration design and construction contracts and equip both buildings.
The $5M requested in this PDAC submission will provide FY 2024 funds for the building 116 restoration design and construction contracts, thus completing all construction on the public-facing building.
Construction or Capital
The VA and a coalition of local organizations have signed a MOA to: (1) establish the Center in Dayton, and (2) create a National VA History Center Foundation (NVAHCF) to support and advance public/private partnership collaborations for Center sustainment. The Dayton Foundation, one of the MOA partners, lead the gathering of funds from all MOA partners necessary to charter and establish the initial NVAHCF Board. This board is now updating the original MOA and working with a contract partner to definitize our fund raising campaign plan.
A year from now or later
VA Construction Appropriation Bill
Locating the NVAHC on the Dayton VAMC campus will add local jobs to West Dayton and increase tourism by providing the western "anchor" to a Historic Tourism Corridor running from the Dayton VAMC to Huffman Prairie. Further. by establishing the Center in Dayton, the Department of Veterans Affairs can leverage the region's specialized degree programs and expertise in artifact management (for example the VA has already filled two curator and archivist positions at the Dayton VAMC) to enhance the VA's ability to preserve and manage VA artifacts nationwide, and provide its leadership, employees, medical center staff, researchers, and the public access to its history. In summary, this project: (1) creates new jobs in Dayton, (2)increases visitor/tourist attendance in the region, and (3) allows the VA to satisfy SEC/VA requirements to improve management of its heritage artifacts nationwide.
101 to 250
251 to 500
We estimate 130 short term construction jobs will be required to complete the design and construction projects.Further, by using other historic tourism activities (Wright/Dunbar, Carillon Park, NMUSAF, and Huffman Prairie) as reference points, we estimate 440 new long term historian, archivist, curator, retail, tourism and education jobs will created on the Dayton VAMC campus, and the Dayton region to support a fully operational Center